Hemp

We are just a few days into 2019, so we thought it would be fitting to highlight one of the biggest ingredient trends on the rise: hemp. Hemp is a plant within the cannabis family (and no, it is not the same as the marijuana plant, more like it’s sister)! The use and value of hemp dates back thousands of years. History shows that former President Thomas Jefferson publicly announced that “hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country”.  The fibers of the hemp plant were the first material used in creating textile fibers. The word ‘canvas‘ actually stems from the word ‘cannabis‘. Who knew? Despite its use in making clothes, the seeds of the plant have also been consumed as a nutritious food source for centuries.  Although this isn’t breaking news, the millennial wellness community is currently obsessed. Here are a few reasons why:

Protein and Fiber:

Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, aka they have all 9 essential amino acids (kind’ve like our other favorite superfood spirulina). These little babies carry about 25% of their total calorie composition as quality protein (higher then chia and flax seed). If you’re following a vegan diet or just want some extra plant based protein in your life, this is an amazing option. We especially love the Nutiva Hemp Protein powder in smoothies (great recipe at the bottom of this post).  In addition to protein, a high fiber diet is key to maintaining a healthy weight and a balanced gut microbiome (think: it is what feeds the probiotics that helps your gut grow a healthy flora). Fiber is indigestible by our intestines and hence negates the total amount of carbohydrates that our body turns into glucose (i.e. 30 grams of carbohydrates + 10 grams of fiber = 20 grams of net carbohydrates). Skip the math and keep your diet rich in fiber starting with hemp seeds and powdered protein)!

Vitamins:

Hemp seeds contain all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive. Some of the notable ones are:

  • vitamin E
  • magnesium
  • phosphorous
  • potassium
  • iron
  • zinc
  • folate
  • vitamin B-6

In addition to your daily V, throw some hemp seeds on your lunch and reap all the benefits.

Unsaturated Fats:

Hemp seeds are packed with other essentials, like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are great for mental focus and long term health. The type of Omega 3 (ALA) found in hemp seeds can not be produced by the body and hence can only be obtained through food. They’re also full of antioxidants which your brain is in LOVE with. The CBD makeup of hemp seeds also makes it a great anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective agent and studies suggest that it may help prevent common brain diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.). If you’re looking for another reason to love it, the Omega 3 and anti-inflammatory properties also aid in preventing and treating acne. We present to you your new skin care regimen.  You’re welcome.

In a nutshell (pun intended), get all the health essentials from your food and go buy some hemp.

 

Where to get it:

One last piece of advice before you go on a crazy Amazon shopping spree is how to buy the right kind. If you’re looking to add some hemp into your life, you’ll likely see both hemp hearts and hemp seeds in your grocery store aisle. The main difference being that hemp hearts (or hulled hemp) have the outer shell already removed. This option is great for people who want to stick to a sensitive digestion diet as they are easier for a body to consume and break down (hence making the nutrients more available). Although, studies do show that the outer shell of the seed contains great sources of nutrients including an insoluble fiber substance that is generally not found anywhere else in the daily human diet. If you’re wondering, insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool and may help food and waste pass through your gut – love that sh*t talk! Whichever you decide to go with, you really can’t go wrong. As always, go with your gut and do what’s right for you. If you prefer liquid drops of CBD oil in your morning coffee and elixir, we’re huge proponents of that too. Catch a few of our go-tos below.

Want the Recipe? We’ve got you.

Creamy Cauliflower Hemp Alfredo Sauce by Oh my Veggies 

18 Creative and Delicious Hemp Seed Recipes

Hemp Seed & Kale Pesto by Love and Lemons

Kale & Hemp Seed Pesto

Peanut Butter Cup Hemp Protein Smoothie by Eating Bird Food

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie with Hemp Protein Powder

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